The jam-packed schedule at Paris Fashion Week Men's has finally come to a close, and there are a hell of a lot of supremely stylish highlights. With a little help from SHOWstudio, who have- as always- produced a selection of informed, intelligent and truly incredible panel discussions surrounding the collections, as well as some live runway footage from the brands themselves, here is a roundup of some of the best collections from the menswear season in fashion's official capital city.
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After the great menswear creative director mix-up earlier this year, the industry was extremely amped up for Virgil Abloh's debut at Louis Vuitton for SS19 in Paris. And he didn't disappoint, bringing a much-need breath of fresh air to the Parisian house with a collection spanning every colour of the rainbow and beyond, from neon greens and deep purples to bold reds and crisp whites, perfect for Pride month. Accessories were a real highlight here too, with a staggering selection of bags featuring a new oversized chain detail, including backpacks, briefcases, cross-body bags, holdalls, and even Ric-Owens inspired body packs.
Watch the following panel discussion to discover more about Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh, featuring Lara Johnson-Wheeler. Charlotte Roberts, Mandi Lennard, Joshua Brinksman and Sophie Jewes:
Impeccable tailoring with a subversive twist runs throughout each and every Sarah Burton collection for Alexander McQueen, but her formula didn't get tiresome for this season's offering, as it was injected with Francis Bacon- style hand painted leathers, embroidered suits adapted from photographs of graffiti by John Deakin, hybrid coat-trench creations, and a stunning instarsia mohair jumper inspired by messy paint palettes.
Watch the runway show here:
The latest Artisanal (couture) collection by master maximalist John Galliano for Maison Margiela is menswear inspired by womenswear, using a bias cut with chiffon, silk, jacquard, fine knit and plume. The looks, which included vinyl corsets, judo coats in recycled kimono fabric, and crystal embroidered jacquard jackets, helped blur the definitions of masculinity and femininity in fashion.
Find out more about Dior Homme SS19 in this SHOWstudio live panel with Mimma Viglezio, Joe Bobowicz, Shonagh Marshall, Todd Lynn and Jeffrey Horsley:
NYC's finest export Thom Browne always brings a wonderfully whimsical air to the Paris men's shows, and SS19 was no different. The show, set in a psychedelic garden full of windmills and balloons, included exquisite millinery- preppy bowler hats by the legendary Stephen Jones, macintosh coats and oversized blazers adorned with crabs, whales and anchors, plus a generous helping of multi-coloured gingham and clown-like pastel bowling shoes.
Watch the runway show here:
Spring/Summer '19 was Kim Jones' first outing as creative director for Dior Homme, the menswear offspring of the house of Christian Dior. The show was set at the breathtaking Garde Républicaine and was decorated with vibrant pink flowers and even a gigantic floral sculpture of a man in a suit created by Yoon of Ambush Design. Key looks from the directional and contemporary collection included intricate embroidery, a new subtle, simple pinstripe print inspired by illustrator René Gruau, and a brand new signature Dior hardware used in belt buckles and bag clips, with leather accessories designed in collaboration with Matthew M Williams of ALYX.
Delve deeper into the collection with this panel featuring Mimma Viglezio, Dino Bonacic, Finn Mactaggart, Edwin Mohney and Nathalie Khan: